Publication Date

Spring 2013


Women's diverse experiences in the context of globalization has been a recurring theme throughout my academic career. How do women in their daily lives, reconcile the seemingly irreconcilable? My interest in this subject took me to Turkey for a year to study the unique process of democratization and its effects on women's rights. At some point, I had a realization that led me to write his paper. While there, I found myself accepting the perspectives of Islamic women as feminist, regardless of the extent to which I agreed with those perspectives. I had never had that experience with Christian women in the United States. In fact, I found it difficult to wrap my head around the idea of Christian feminism at all. This is likely due to my own social position as a secular liberal feminist in the United States. Christian women's perspectives are often presented in the United States as being in opposition to liberal secular feminism. My personal response to Islamic feminism was different because I saw Islamic women creating new forms of feminism that challenged Western notions in general.